Starts badly but comes into its own as soon as it pivots
First ever Barefoot race in IRELAND, both 5km and 10km – Ballinrobe, Mayo, March 11th
Damn and blast, I won’t be able to make this. Would be nice to come last in a shorter race.
I emailed the three TDs in Cork South West (2 FG, 1 Lab) two days ago about #stopSOPAIreland. Noel Harrington’s office (FG) replied within a few hours by email in a pretty generic but still positive way.
This morning I got a letter in the post(!) from Jim Daly (FG) with a very detailed response giving the official line as expressed by Seán Sherlock. Kudos to whoever in his office wrote the letter, it had all of the pertinent information. Sidenote: If they replied by email the country would be less broke.
According to the letter (see below), consultations were had with these mythical fifty stakeholders that Seán Sherlock keeps referring to, last June/July.
Is the Minister of State able to identify even one “stakeholder” who represented the interests of webhosts like Blacknight, web infrastructure providers like Amazon, major Social Media companies like Facebook, Search/Video companies like Google/YouTube, online Gaming companies like PopCap, Enterprise Ireland, the IDA or the average internet user? We have already confirmed that he never talked to the Irish Internet Association.
I’ll still waiting on the Minister’s Labour colleague in Cork South West to reply.
UPDATE: Several people on Twitter have pointed out that I’m not reading this correctly. There were 50 submissions but we have no idea how many Stakeholders. It could be 2. Much more disturbing is Steve White’s comment below. His post highlights that the submissions were not specific to the Statutory Instrument at all.
Whatever it takes to stop the Heavy Gang 2.0 from taking over the Internet in Ireland.
Over the past 12 months, standing desks went from popular life hacks meme to eyeroll-inducing sign of a certain type of tightly-wound techie, similar to emptying your email inbox. Several people have asked me if I’m still standing. The answer is yes. Here’s what I’ve learned from 365 days of being a professional stander.
Good post from Gina. I’ve been using the standing desk less and less recently and guess what? My neck, knee and shoulder pain is back.
So that’s it. Back to half-day standing from right NOW.
I saw a bunch of mentions of IFTTT a few months back but didn’t get a chance to try it out. It came up recently during a lovely lunch with @johnpeavoy in the ever-impressive Poacher’s Inn in Bandon. I suddenly realised it could do something I’d wanted for a year.
The idea of IFTTT is simple but brilliant. It’s has a hint of Yahoo Pipes stripped back to the core USP. It’s all built around tasks which do stuff when other stuff happens (if THIS happens, then do THAT).
There are a ton of “Trigger Channels” like Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Foursquare, Google Reader, YouTube etc. Within each channel there are then Triggers like “when I update my Status on Facebook” or (and this is where I’m using it) “when I favourite a Tweet”.
Then you choose an “Action Channel”, most of which are the same as the “Trigger Channel”. In my case I have two. The first is Delicious. So every time I favourite a Tweet, it get’s saved as a Bookmark in Delicious.
I was actually going to build that specific usecase as a standalone webapp for myself last year. Now it’s just one feature in IFTTT!
The other Action I use is to get the Tweet is emailed to me. This is ideal when I’m reading Twitter on my phone when out and about. I generally don’t read the links on the phone, so I favourite the Tweet and have it in my Inbox for later. You can also send them to ReadItLater or Instapaper.
The Task then runs every 15 minutes.
As I said, simple but brilliant. Go have a play , I guarantee you’ll think of a bunch of actions. There are also lots of ones other people have created too.
My challenge to all the developers out there – port all of AppInventor to iOS. This would be far far more important and valuable for a child’s education than some overpriced e-Books on a single vendor platform.
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